Sunday 22 April 2018

A No-Nonsense Guide to SOPA and PIPA by Clay Shirky {VIDEO}

Being on this side of the (Pacific) pond, most of us are probably wondering what all the fuss is about SOPA and PIPA.

But when an esteemed and respected site such as Wikipedia shuts down for the day, then we notice big time.

Suffice to say, if you work in the digital industry SOPA/PIPA has serious ramifications that reverberate potentially the world over.

Now, I’m not across the issues as well as some. Hence this post.

Filmed in the TED office

I stumbled across the brilliant Clay Shirky giving a (very recent) TED talk on this very subject. I think they call it a TEDsalon session; it was filmed in the TED office so it’s probably kinda super special. So is Shirky. You should follow this guy. He’s an oracle when it comes to issues like this, the future of media, etc.

But I digress … 

In Shirky’s words: “SOPA and PIPA are nuclear … we (they) want to go anywhere in the world and censor content.”

Create, Discuss, Link, Share

So …what does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto — a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume.

 Listen, watch, enjoy, debate. It’s a big issue, would be interested in your thoughts!



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